Diving deeper into the faith through reading

Book club is in session. The first meeting of the new OC Catholic Book Club took place at Christ Cathedral’s Freed Theater recently—where all were invited to learn and discuss the legacy of Pope Benedict XVI, just over a week after his 90th birthday. “How can we take what we discuss here back to … [Read More...]

LMU graduates to serve critical need in parishes

Catholics who add money to the collection baskets at Mass know that these donations allow the parish to keep the lights on, cool the church and make necessary repairs. But there are essential workers behind the scenes, in addition to the priests, who often go uncredited for ensuring that these … [Read More...]

What they don’t want you to see

Yesterday evening, the Center for Medical Progress undercover footage — recorded at the 2014 and 2015 National Abortion Federation conventions — was removed from YouTube, supposedly for a violation of the site’s Terms of Service agreement. A few hours later, news emerged that Judge William Orrick … [Read More...]

Without a church building since 2014

Parishioners, friends and members of the local community will gather on Monday, May 29 at 11 a.m. in celebration as Bishop Jaime Soto presides at the dedication Mass and blessing of the new Holy Family Church and parish facilities in Weed. Holy Family has been without a church building since Sept. … [Read More...]

Melania Trump reveals she is Catholic

When Melania Trump recited The Lord's Prayer before a Melbourne, Florida presidential rally in February, the Internet went hog wild. Now we know one reason why the first lady began with 'Let us pray' and 'Our Father who art in heaven' when she introduced the president that evening: She's a … [Read More...]

SSPX bishops authorized to ordain priests without permission of local bishops

Bishops of the Society of St. Pius X (SSPX) have been authorized by Pope Francis to ordain new priests without the approval of the local diocesan bishop, according to Bishop Bernard Fellay, the superior of the traditionalist group. “Last year, I received a letter from Rome, telling me you can … [Read More...]

Orange Catholic Foundation conference on business and ethics a huge success

The Orange Catholic Foundation’s 15th Annual Conference on Business & Ethics opened Friday morning, May 12, to a capacity audience of 1,100 people at the Anaheim Hilton. More than 500 were logged on to view the live webcast. The keynote speaker, Emmy Award-winning actress Patricia Heaton, spoke … [Read More...]

Sulpicians say goodbye to St. Patrick’s Seminary

In a final tribute to their 118 years of service at St. Patrick’s Seminary & University in Menlo Park, the Society of St. Sulpice, Province of the United States, the Sulpicians, hosted a farewell celebration May 13, with a prayer service and luncheon to officially end their history of staffing … [Read More...]

Pope Francis, President Trump meet at Vatican

After months of anticipation, Pope Francis and U.S. President Donald Trump finally met at the Vatican Wednesday in a friendly encounter which included an emphasis on protection of life and freedom of conscience. According to a May 24 Vatican communique, Pope Francis and Trump expressed satisfaction … [Read More...]

US bishops distressed by proposed increase in military spending

Leading U.S. bishops have expressed serious concerns with President Donald Trump’s reported budget proposals for the 2018 fiscal year, noting among other fears that the proposals would decrease funding for diplomacy efforts while increasing military spending. “The human consequences of budget … [Read More...]

Two California bishops take prisoners’ petitions to Lourdes

A pilgrimage to Lourdes is outside the bounds of possibility right now for the men imprisoned at San Quentin State Prison, but two Bay Area bishops brought their intentions and placed them before Our Lady at the grotto at Lourdes earlier this month. Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone and Oakland … [Read More...]

California bishops pleased with Gov. Brown’s budget revisions

The California Catholic Conference (CCC) was pleased to see that Governor Jerry Brown included new appropriations for several CCC priorities in his May budget revise. The newly proposed budget for the 2017-2018 fiscal year now includes funding for palliative care programs, early childhood education, … [Read More...]

About 100 Notre Dame students walk out of Vice-president Mike Pence’s commencement address

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wkuk0APUL7k A large crowd of students walked out of the Notre Dame commencement ceremony on Sunday in protest of the speaker, Vice President Mike Pence, who delivered a speech that mixed platitudes about bright, dream-filled futures with a lengthy rebuke of political … [Read More...]

‘Protect the rule of law,’ Leon Panetta tells 2017 Santa Clara University law graduates

[Editor’s note: Leon Panetta compiled a strong pro-abortion voting record while serving in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1976 to 1994 from California’s 16th Congressional District. In 1990, he was a co-sponsor of the federal Freedom of Choice Act, and later, as President Bill Clinton’s … [Read More...]